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|Blind Willie Johnson|
Dark Was the Night
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
Along with Robert Johnson, Son House, Charley Patton, and others, Blind Willie Johnson was one of the founding fathers of the blues. This 16-song collection features some of his best, most classic work, a distillation of t... more »
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Along with Robert Johnson, Son House, Charley Patton, and others, Blind Willie Johnson was one of the founding fathers of the blues. This 16-song collection features some of his best, most classic work, a distillation of the 30 songs he recorded (all of which are available on Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson). Unlike his peers, however, Johnson's focus was on spiritual music, which he performed in church and on street corners, his chilling, gravelly voice complemented by guitar work that is nothing short of exquisite. Many of the songs taken up and popularized by Johnson's contemporaries and successors were written by him, and they're all here: "John the Revelator," "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed," "If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down," "Lord I Just Can't Keep from Crying," "It's Nobody's Fault but Mine," and of course "Dark Was the Night--Cold Was the Ground." Dark Was the Night is a worthy introduction to this seminal artist's work. --Genevieve Williams
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Maxtone Witherball | 08/24/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Five stars for the music; two for the comprehensiveness.*
If you're considering buying this, do yourself a favor and spend a little more and get one or the other of the following: Blind Willie Johnson and the Guitar Evangelists (preferably) or The Complete Blind Willie Johnson (less so). I promise you that Blind Willie Johnson's music is so awesome that Dark Was the Night--while it will initially blow you away--will ultimately just leave you frustrated and craving more. At least that's what it did to me.
*Yes, I know the disc doesn't advertise itself as complete or anything of the sort. Nevertheless, I think it's important for people to understand that Willie Johnson has much more to offer than what's in this collection."